Mar 122012
 

Director: Tom Hooper

Rating: R

Running Time: 1 hr 58 minutes

Release Date: 12/24/10

Genre:  Historical Drama

Cast: King George VI (Colin Firth), Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush), Queena Elizabeth (Helena Bonham Carter),  King Edward VIII  (Guy Pearce) ,Mrs Wallis Simpson (Eve Best), King George V (Michael Gambon)

Synopsis: From an early age the man that eventually becomes King George VI (Geoffrey Rush), had a bad stammer.  If he was a common person, he could have just stayed in the background and not been noticed.  As he got older,  Prince Albert (One of George VI’s many aliases), was forced to make speeches on the radio and in public, and since his stutter was so bad, it often led to embarrassment.  His wife,  Elizabeth (Helena Bonham Carter),  decides to find him some help.  Eventually, she is able to track down a promising Australian therapist, Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush).

Logue doe not have a real degree in speech therapy or any other formal training.  He uses techniques that he devised and his innate knowledge of the human mind to help King George VI overcome his stammer.  King George VI goes on to lead the nation after the abdication of his brother, King Edward VIII (Guy Pearce), and inspire the people of England during World War II.

Analysis: Due to the many awards this film had gathered, including the Academy Award for Best Picture , I was interested in seeing it.  Now that I have, I wish that I had taken the opportunity to watch it in the theaters because a small screen does not do it justice.  The sets, and actual filming locations are spectacular and the acting is top notch.

Pro:

  • Lionel Logue’s interaction with his sons is very gripping and he seems like a really good father.
  • Written in such a way that I cared about all of the characters, even King Edward VIII and the Archbishop of Canterbury.
  • Great seeing Lionel’s house get better and more fancy over time as he worked with the king.

Con:

  • Winston Churchill (Timothy Spall),  looked like a chubby Richard Nixon, but the acting was good.
  • I would have liked to hear more details about how the speech was received by the general people at the end.

Conclusion: At first I was worried that the film would be a boring period piece, but it kept me interested.  In fact, I was totally absorbed by it.  It was filled with great characters and interaction.  Unlike other historical dramas, the historical characters were treated like someone real and not just something out of a textbook.

 

Frank’s Ratings

(1-5)

Characters 5
Story 4
Special Effects 4
Would Watch Again? 4
Average 4.25

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